Luogo - Museum

Catacombe dei Cappuccini

Where Piazza Cappuccini, 1, Palermo

The Convent of the Capuchins in Palermo is known throughout the world for its presence, in its undergrounds, of a large cemetery. The tunnels were dug at the end of '500 and form a large rectangular cemetery. The remains found have never been cataloged, but it is estimated are up to 8.000. The mummies, standing or lying down, fully dressed, are divided by gender and social category, although most belong to the upper classes, because the embalming process was expensive. In the different fields can be recognized: the prelates; merchants and burghers in their clothes "for the Sunday"; Army officers in dress uniform; young virgins, who died before they could marry, dressed with their wedding dress; family groups arranged standing on high shelves, lined with thin railings similar to the balconies; children.


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The catacombs are not open every Sunday afternoon from late October to late March.

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